Just days before a total solar eclipse is set to darken the East Coast, an earthquake struck about 46 miles outside of New York City this morning.

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck near Whitehouse Station, New Jersey at about 10:25 a.m. Friday. It was felt all the way up to the SouthCoast of Massachusetts and even further north into Boston.

The quake was confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes around the world.

While the earthquake may have happened in New Jersey, the tremors spread all the way into Massachusetts.

We reached out on our social media pages to see if anyone felt it here on the SouthCoast.

Sheryl Rego Morley commented that she felt it in Westport.

“Shook the whole house and things on (the) walls rattled,” she wrote. “Went on for a bit, too.”

Cristina Teixeira said she felt it on West Rodney French Boulevard in New Bedford.

“House started shaking for about 30 seconds,” she wrote.

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Fun 107’s Nancy Hall said she was on the phone with a record rep in Framingham when the quake struck.

“She said her couch was shaking and the strings on her blinds were going crazy,” Hall said.

Maxine Pichaske said she felt it in Brockton.

“My seat was moving side to side and the pictures were shaking on the wall,” she wrote.

Some folks thought it was something more localized.

“I thought it was the quarry blasting again in Acushnet so it didn’t even register until I got on social media,” Hillary Chandanais wrote.

Two people thought it was a laundry issue.

Beth Bernier Kilanowich said she felt it in the North End of New Bedford.

“Thought I overloaded the washing machine,” she wrote.

Crystal Tanguay had a similar experience in Somerset.

“I thought my washing machine was overloaded in the spin cycle,” she wrote.

Earthquakes are not unheard of in our region; back in 2020, a 4.0-magnitude quake hit Bliss Corner in Dartmouth.

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